October 22, 2018 3 Comments
Bibimbap is a Korean mixed rice dish made with rice and a variety of add-ins, such as sautéed and pickled veggies, kimchi, tofu, sliced meat or a fried egg.
I have fond memories of going out for Korean food with my dad as a child growing up in Los Angeles. Bibimbap was my first foray into this delicious world.
Our version of Bibimbap is inspired by tradition -- a simple and easy way to bring these flavors to your table.
Our Korean BBQ blend, with its savory combination of garlic, ginger, sesame, chile flakes, sugar, citrus and much more, makes a delicious base for a marinade for baked or stir-fried tofu.
Our kids are big fans of these bowls, maybe in part because the ingredients come in colorful little piles.
Korean BBQ Marinade:
3 tablespoons Korean BBQ
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
15.5 oz extra firm tofu
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
1 large carrot, shredded
2 Persian cucumbers, diced
2 teaspoons canola oil
12 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
Shichimi Togarashi or Nori for sprinkling
Sriracha or other hot sauce, if desired
Kimchi, if desired
Drain tofu and pat dry with paper towels to soak up excess water. Slice into ½ inch thick slices. Pour marinade over the tofu and refrigerate in a ziploc bag or a covered dish. Marinate 1-2 hours.
Heat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the marinated tofu slices on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping the tofu slices once halfway through baking. Tofu slices should be somewhat crispy.
Meanwhile, make the soy sesame dressing: whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, olive oil and sugar if using.
Toss the shredded carrots and the cucumber in separate bowls in the soy-sesame dressing and let sit.
Heat a sauté pan to medium-high heat. Add canola oil, then add shiitake mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
Finally, crack 3-4 eggs into the pan and fry until the whites are set and yolks are still runny. Season with salt and pepper.
To assemble, scoop a mound of rice or other grains into a big bowl. Top with little piles of baked tofu, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, kimchi, and the fried egg. Sprinkle with Shichimi Togarashi or Nori. Serve hot with a side of Sriracha or other hot sauce.
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